Exploring Central Forest Park

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The Urban Wilderness team, Laurel, Jenny and Isla, recently met up at Central Forest Park, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent to explore the space and catch-up on plans. It was a beautiful sunny autumn day and great to be enjoying our meeting outdoors rather than in.

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We walked along the right side of the lake and through the trees, reaching the top of the park and coming out onto Sneyd Street before re-entering a green space to the north-west of the park. Here, we had amazing views across the city where we could get our bearings and figuring out what we were looking at..

We talked about what a vast green space this is yet so close to the centre of Stoke-on-Trent, This space offers large grassed and wild areas not far away from the more formal play areas of the park, including the children’s playground and the skate park. We thought it would be an ideal site for large billboard structures that young people could decorate with graffiti artists and create signs that could be seen from the main road below.

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We climbed to the top of the hill, a small adventure in itself, especially as the mud increases through the winter! So much potential for wild play, anyone up for trying a mud slide or building a climbing frame?

We’d love to hold the Urban Wilderness Festival 2019 at Central Forest Park. What an exciting opportunity to get the people of Stoke together in a wild green space in the middle of the city …watch this space!

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